Briefs: Biz Buzz July 26, 2009
• Grassroots Cycle at 1650 U.S. Highway 50, is moving downtown to 401 Colorado Ave., formerly the home of Credit Jewelry & Loans.
The Downtown Development Authority purchased the building from the pawn shop within the past year. Grassroots Cycle will lease the building and renovate it.
“It’s been vacant since January, so it’s nice to have a vital retail spot as opposed to an empty one,” said DDA Executive Director Heidi Hoffman Ham.
The bike shop offers bikes for rent or purchase, bicycle repairs and accessories.
• Gateway Canyons Resort has completed the FAA air carrier certification process required to offer scenic air tours. The resort plans to offer helicopter tours of western Colorado and eastern Utah beginning in April or May and will offer airplane tours this fall or winter, said Deanna Strand, who handled the certification process.
“We’d ultimately like to have a couple helicopters in Gateway,” Strand said. The resort also hopes to contract some flights to Lake Powell and ski mountains, Strand added.
“There’s a lot of directions we’re moving with the resort and this is just one of them,” she said.
• Xian Wei, 1530 North Ave., is for sale. The Chinese food restaurant featured comedy and music acts and upscale cuisine.
• Stelera Wireless offers wireless Internet service in the Grand Valley. One-year pricing is $44.95 a month and two-year pricing is $39.95 a month. Month to month costs $49.95. A Wi-Fi modem can be leased for $9.95 a month.
Stelera operates in Texas and from northern Grand Junction to Montrose and in parts of southeast Colorado. The Oklahoma City-based company plans to expand into 55 cities in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado with help from a $35 million Department of Agriculture loan for providing service in small towns with little or no broadband competition.
Doug Stephens, Stelera’s vice president of sales and marketing, said the company came to the Grand Valley to help keep service quality high and prices competitive.
“We believe our offer is going to help with that,” Stephens said.
Stelera has a kiosk at Mesa Mall and can be reached at 1-866-STELERA or http://www.stelera.com.
• Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs has added two attractions: the Mine Shaft Shootin’ Gallery, which is an electronic shooting gallery with animated Western targets, and a Giddy Up! Western amusement ride that bounces seven kids up and down at once.
Three other attractions — a four-dimensional theater, a laser tag arena and a cave simulator — were added earlier this summer.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owner Steve Beckley said he wants to give people more bang for their buck during tough times.
“We’ve really focused on adding value to our day pass and offering rides and activities that appeal to all age groups,” he said.
The adventure park also offers cave tours, a maze, a swing over the canyon and other attractions. It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. Day passes are $37. Park entrance is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for kids. For more information, call 945-4228 or visit http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com.
• John J. Fleming Jr. of Montrose has been named to the Utilities Consumers’ Board. Fleming is a lawyer. The Utilities Consumers’ Board has 11 members appointed by the governor to evaluate and offer policy guidance to the state Office of Consumer Counsel, which represents small business, home and agricultural electric, gas and telephone service users.
• John Schnatter, owner of Papa John’s Pizza, is offering $250,000 to anyone who can find the original 1972 Z28 Camaro that he sold in 1984 to start his business. The offer is in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Papa John’s Pizza. The car had no air conditioning, a split bumper, velvet interior, BF Goodrich tires, a sunroof and license plate number 10z 54, and the original speedometer read 10 mph too fast. Visit http://www.papasroadtrip.com to learn more.